Nevada System of Higher Education
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) has been a UCAR member since 1971. Four community colleges, a state college, two universities and one research institute make up this system. There are 43 faculty members in the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program, which includes faculty from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the Division of Atmospheric Sciences and Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI). These faculty teach 20 regular courses: three for undergraduates, five for upper level undergraduate/introductory graduate students and 12 for graduate students. There are currently 25 graduate students in the program with 16 at the Ph.D. level and 9 in the M.S. program. Since 2003, 9 students have received Ph.D. degrees and 19 students have received M.S. degrees. Other relevant graduate degrees include Hydrologic Sciences and Environmental Science. In 2005, a new full time faculty member was recruited to UNR to assist with the creation of a new undergraduate B.S. in atmospheric science. In 2006, students at UNR organized a local student chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
The faculty members of the graduate program in atmospheric sciences have been very active in research and have published widely in many areas related to UCAR, including air quality, cloud physics, mesoscale climate, and wildfire emissions.
The facilities in NSHE are state-of-the art and include a number of analytical and computing laboratories at the Desert Research Institute.
The NSHE faculty members have been and continue to be very active in UCAR/NCAR activities. These include membership on the UCAR University Relations Committee, the Unidata Policy Committee, and the HIAPER Science Advisory Committee, as well as participation in the UOP COMET program. In addition, faculty members have used NCAR/UCAR facilities and have collaborated with NCAR/UCAR scientists in the Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment, the Mesoscale Alpine Programme, and MILAGRO/MIRAGE campaign. Faculty members have also been involved in developing instrumentation jointly with NCAR. Finally, both faculty and students have participated in COMET, UNIDATA, junior faculty forums, and other NCAR/UCAR courses and workshops.
The UCAR Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership of the Nevada System of Higher Education be continued as provided by the bylaws.